Reigning MVP St. Louis returns to lineup
Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis was back in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders less than a week after fracturing a bone near the tip of his left ring finger.
It was first thought St. Louis, who sat out two games, would miss two to four weeks. The 2004 NHL MVP also damaged his nail bed after being hit in the hand by defenseman Darryl Sydor's shot in practice last Sunday.
St. Louis has struggled at times this season, with five goals and 13 points through his first 18 games. During the Lightning's 2003-04 Stanley Cup championship season, St. Louis had 38 goals and 94 points.
It's the first game the veteran center has missed this season. Brind'Amour has eight goals and seven assists in 17 games, helping the Hurricanes to their best start.
Carolina was also without defenseman Glen Wesley, who sat out his fifth straight game with a groin injury.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Foster had four goals and 11 assists in 19 games for the Houston Aeros. His 15 points lead all AHL defensemen. A second-round draft pick by Calgary in 2000, Foster was signed by the Wild as a free agent in August after spending parts of two seasons with Atlanta before the lockout.
Zyuzin has not played since Nov. 2 because of a knee injury. He's one of several skaters, including forwards Marian Gaborik (hip/groin), Marc Chouinard (shoulder) and Todd White (groin), who have not been able to suit up over the past two weeks. Minnesota has lost eight of its last 11 games.
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